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    Zero Waste in Buenos Aires?

    By Keith R | June 8, 2007

    Topics: Waste & Recycling | No Comments »

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    I know several people in the global “Zero Waste” movement who are excited by what’s happening these days in Buenos Aires. Yes, you heard correctly. Buenos Aires.

    The Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA), these folks tell me, is the largest city in the world so far to have adopted a “zero waste” law. Even though I specialize in tracking waste and recycling policy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), BA amazed me when they passed the law in November 2005, and again when they recently adopted an implementing regulation. If you knew the history of waste management and waste politics in CABA, you’d be amazed too.

    In any event, it’s in place and the porteños appear determined to keep it and make it work, somehow.

    If you’d like some insights into where the Law’s implementation stands and its outlook, I would recommend checking out this post on the blog of my LAC Environment Blogroll collleagues, Comunicación Ambiental. It’s an account of a discussion of the Law at the Congreso Iberoamericano de Recuperación y Reciclado de Residuos Solidos Urbanos (Ibero-american Congress on Recovery and Recycling of Urban Solid Wastes) recentlly held in BA. It’s in Spanish, but that shouldn’t pose a problem for you Portuguese speakers and the English speakers can always use Google’s or Altavista’s translators.

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